Welcome to AF Association Australia

AF Association Australia (AF-A Au) provides information, support and access to established, new or innovative treatments for atrial fibrillation (AF).

AF is the most common heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia) in the world, affecting approximately 240,000 people in Australia. It occurs when chaotic electrical activity develops in the upper chambers or atria, and completely takes over from the sinus node. AF can affect adults of any age, but it is more common as people get older.

AF-A Australia is affiliated to AF Association International and Arrhythmia Alliance - Australia.

AF Aware Week 21-27 November 2016

AF Aware Week helps raise awareness of atrial fibrillation and this year highlights the importance of detecting via a simple pulse check, protecting against AF-related stroke through the use of appropriate anticoagulation and ultimately correcting the heart rhythm.

Key Messages

1. One in four people will develop AF; it affects an estimated 1.5 million across the UK and in excess of 16 million worldwide.

2. Every 15 seconds someone suffers an AF-related stroke. AF is the most powerful single risk factor for suffering a deadly or debilitating stroke.

3. AF can be detected cheaply and easily with simple manual pulse checks.

4. Treatment with an anticoagulant is vital to reducing the risk of stroke.

5. For AF Aware Week, make the detection and protection of AF a priority.

The aims of AF Aware Week are simple:

Detect AF by a simple pulse check

Protect against AF-related stroke using anticoagulant therapy

Correct AF by access to appropriate treatment options

There are many ways to get involved with AF Aware Week. To find out more, please email info@afa-international.org

European Atlas of the Prevention of AF-Related Stroke launched

27 November 2014

The Route Map and European Atlas on the prevention of AF-related stroke is a new, comprehensive report which shows what different countries in Europe are doing to improve the prevention of AF-related stroke. The report presents key data documenting the burden posed by AF-related strokes in different countries, highlights key issues and challenges in implementing best practice and provides examples of successful initiatives that have made a difference to patients.

Please click here to download the full interactive report.

Share your experience

How were you diagnosed with AF? What treatments have you received? How could services be improved for people with AF?

Answer patient experience survey

Have you had catheter ablation to treat your atrial fibrillation?

Answer catheter ablation survey

Study finds smartphone ECG could prevent strokes

A large screening pilot undertaken by Australian heart specialists using novel technology to detect AF, has found a cost-effective method of screening for AF.

Prof Ben Freedman believes the AliveCor Heart Monitor could be the way forward to screen large populations for AF, which could help prevent AF-related strokes with timely diagnosis and treatment.

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Raising awareness of arrhythmias

Our Founder, Trudie Lobban MBE featured on the Gary Hardgrave 4BC Drive programme to discuss the symptoms of heart rhythm disorders.

Listen back

The economic costs of atrial fibrillation

An individual living with atrial fibrillation (AF) is five times more likely to suffer a stroke than others in the wider population. In 2009, 240,000 Australians were thought to be living with AF. This comprehensive report details why our work to promote awareness, understanding and education of AF is so important.

Read report